remarks against the Book of Mormon
and our principles.
I spoke two and a half hours, and an-
swered every objection against the Book
of Mormon, Joseph Smith, or our prin-
I had good attention and the people
seemed satisfied. At the close of the
meeting Elder Hale administered the
ordinance of baptism.
Mr. Newton, in order to save his
cause, went to the mainland and brought
over several ministers with him and held
a protracted meeting. They hoped by
this to stop the work of God, but all to
no avail, for the whole people would
attend our meeting and receive the word
of God, and we continued to baptize.
We visited the dwellings of most of
inhabitants during our sojourn there.
Upon one occasion, while standing
upon Mr. Carver's farm, on the east end
of the North Island, we counted fifty-
five islands in that region, the majority
of which were not inhabited. We also
saw twenty ships under sail at the same
We had no lack for food while upon
the island, for if we did not wish to
trouble our friends for a dinner, we only
had to borrow a spade or a hoe, and a
kettle and go to the beach and dig a
peck of clams. These, when boiled,
would make a delicious meal, which we
often availed ourselves of.
One day Elder Hale and I ascended
to the top of a high granite rock
on the South Island, for prayer and sup-
plication. We sat down under the shade
of a pine tree which grew out of a fis-
sure in the rock, and Elder Hale read
the sixteenth chapter of Jeremiah, where
mention is made of the hunters and
fishers that God would send in the last
days to gather Israel.
Of a truth here we were upon an island
of the sea, standing upon a rock where
we could survey the gallant ships and
also the islands, which were as full of
rocks, ledges, and caves as any part of the
earth. And what had brought us here?
To search out the blood of Ephraim,
the honest and meek of the earth, and
gather them from those islands, rocks,
holes, and caves of the earth unto Zion.
We prayed, and rejoiced together.
The Spirit of God rested upon us; we
spoke of Christ and the ancient prophets
and apostles in Jerusalem; of Nephi,
Alma, Mormon, and Moroni in America;
Joseph, Hyrum, Oliver, and the apostles
in our own day, and we rejoiced that we
were upon the islands of the sea search-
ing out the blood of Israel.
While being filled with these medita-
tions and the Spirit of God, we fell
upon our knees and gave thanks to the
God of heaven, and felt to pray for
After spending most of the day in
praise and thanksgiving, we descended
to the settlement and held a meeting
with the people.
On the 6th of September we called
upon Captain Benjamin Coombs, and
visited his flakes, where he had one
thousand quintals of codfish drying for
the market. They had mostly been
caught in the region of Newfoundland.
While we were passing Carvey's Wharf
our attention was called to a large school
of mackerel playing by the side of the
wharf. Several men were pitching them
out with hooks. We also flung in a hook
and caught all we wanted, then went on
We continued to labor, preaching and
baptizing, and organized a branch of
the Church upon each island, and,
finally, on the second of October, we
parted with the Saints on the North
Island to return to Scarboro for a short
We walked from Thomaston to Bath, a
distance of forty-six miles, in one day,
and at the latter place attended a Bap-
tist convention. I also preached there
to a large congregation in the evening,
and the people gave good attention and
wished to learn more about our doc-
On the following day we walked thirty-
six miles to Portland, and the next day
to Scarboro. Here I again met with my wife and her father's family.
The time had come for me to give the
parting hand to Brother Jonathan H.
Hale. We had traveled during the sea-
son over two thousand miles together,
with our hearts and spirits well united.
He felt it his duty to return to his
family at Kirtland, but duty called me to
return to my field of labor upon the
On the 9th of October I accompanied
Brother Hale one mile upon his journey.